22 January 2010

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire

Directed by: Lee Daniels
Written by: Geoffrey Fletcher
Full credits at IMDb

It’s easy to see why Tyler Perry signed on to this movie as an executive producer while it traveled the festival circuit; his critic-proof bank-busters have a strange dual politics that Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire borrows: a call for personal responsibility that also recognizes the need for a social support system. It takes a village...I guess those two ideas aren’t mutually exclusive; that’s just what I’ve learned from polarizing cable news programs. Anyway, it’s emerging as the New Politics of the black middle-to-upper class: people of color need to stick together. But they also need to take care of themselves. (Because Precious’ horrible, horrible mother is a welfare abuser, the movie also strikes me as an argument for Clintonian welfare reform.) Precious is like Madea Goes to Harlem Hell.

And it’s a very sensationalist trip to hell...

Keep reading my discussion with Benjamin Sutton at The L Magazine

Watch the trailer:

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